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A prolific novelist, journalist, and editor of periodicals such as Household Words and All the Year Round, Charles Dickens crucially shaped Victorian fiction both by developing it as a dialogical, multi-plotted, and socially aware form and by his innovations in publishing serially. As a novelist he worked across a range of genres, including the bildungsroman, picaresque, Newgate, sensation and detective fiction, and usually with satiric or socially critical force. He was loved by readers for his humour, grotesquerie, action, and vigour. An influential public figure and phenomenally successful lecturer during his lifetime, his work continues to be central to popular understandings of nineteenth-century England, and in particular London.
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7 February 1812 Future novelist CD was born at 13 Mile End Terrace, Portsea, . Bibliographic Citation link.
8 February 1836 Under the pseudonym 'Boz', CD published his first book: the two-volume collection of Sketches by Boz. Bibliographic Citation link.
April-September 1870 Six of twelve planned monthly instalments of CD's last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, appeared. Left unfinished at his death, it was published in one volume that September. Bibliographic Citation link.
9 June 1870 CD, novelist, died from a stroke at Gad's Hill Place, Higham, Kent, his primary residence since his separation from his wife. Bibliographic Citation link.
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